Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Project Photofly 2

Project Photofly 2.0 is an Autodesk software for creating near accurate 3D models from photographs using the web and cloud computing technologies. The last version of Project Photofly is now available for trial download and will expire on December 31, 2012.

Friday, May 27, 2011

What happened to Reactor in 2012?

This is an interesting (at least to me) discussion about the Reactor death in 3ds Max 2012.

Two thinks are clear (for now) - 1. the Reactor is riped and never will be back in the next Max releases, and 2. No any sensible reason for this decision until there is no equivalent replacement feature. If there was good reason, we will have an official explanation as well.

It's not just about Reactor, other features removed too, and as we know this is not the part of the legacy Autodesk politics, and this new course open many doubts and misgivings.

Learn3D tutorials

An other depot tutorials site for Max, Maya, etc (that I see for the first time, lol).

Sascha Henrichs blog

3d environment artists in games industry will find interesting staffs at Sascha Henrichs blog.

Contour Generator

A script by Rotem that create cross-section splines of one or several objects in the scene. Also recently a discussion about this task appear at CGTalk.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spline Trace

SplineTrace is a commercial script (on fair prise) by Nick Watson that assist on creating 2D splines or 3D models from plain monochrome images. More at ScriptSpot or author's web site.

Material Instances tip

It's probably an old and known but nice tip for an issue with Instancing Materials in 3ds Max 2010, posted by Mark Green at

Using Substance Maps

A new 3 parts tutorial by Autodesk at their YouTube channel.

Scene Bracket

Scene Bracket is a script by Pete Addington (LoneRobot) that allows quickly to (re)store the current time frame you are working in.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Developer Community for 3ds Max SDK and MAXScript Users

New 3ds Max developer community contributed plug-ins and scripts announced. This project ( is intended as both a learning resource for 3ds Max developers and to help accelerate their plug-in and script development.

3ds Max 2011 Service Pack 2 available

Service Pack 2 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011 and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011 available now at Autodesk support page:

GML Importer

David Mackenzie publish his scripted GML Importer that import GML (Graffiti Markup Language) files in 3ds Max.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Smart Poly Extrude

One of the recent scripts of Kostadin Kotev Axis Poly Extrude was updated and renamed to Smart Poly Extrude. A new extrusion method by Syphorlate is added. More details about you can read into the related forum discussion.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

3 scripts by Jonathan de Blok

Jonathan de Blok post 3 scripts at May 13 into ScriptSpot:

Array Modifier

Array Modifiers is a scripted modifier for 3ds Max with features like the built-in Array Tool, written by Anders K. Nielsen. Find more at his web site.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Autodesk 123D coming soon

I read about this into MaxUnderground. Interesting... new free 3D modeling software named Autodesk 123D coming soon.

3ds Max 2012 Hot Fix and Service Pack soon

Good news - Hot Fix for 3ds Max 2012 coming until May 13th. The Service Pack is planed for mid June.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why Real-World Scale?

TurboSquid posted new video tutorial on their YouTube channel.

Why should you make your model to real-world scale? One good reason is dynamics simulation, which relies on real-world scale to do its job right.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Golden CG courses and tutorials

Golden CG is a web site of Persian CG artist Hani Mohammadi, where he offer online courses and free video tutorial, most of them for 3ds Max.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Maxscript extended editor

A script by Håvard Schei that adds some more functionality to the MAXScript Editor.

E-on Software Ships Vue 9.5

E-on Software announced (May 04, 2011) Vue 9.5 xStream and Infinite. New features read at the official web site.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sword Trail

Scripted tool for motion trail effect by OYH.

Object Randomizer v.3

Transform randomization script by John Martini was updated (v.3.0).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Preset Manager

A script by Paul Neale allows to set presets (saved in INI file) for Nodes and Modifiers and use them on creation.

Custom Rigger

A script by Nero Demaerschalk.
CustomRigger is a tool to create a rig in a matter of seconds.

Random Rotate UV Islands

A script by Kostadin Kotev.
Randomly rotate the selected UV islands.

Merge Faces

A script by Kostadin Kotev.
Merge Selected faces into one by removing the inner edges.

Reset 3ds Max Windows

A script by Raymond Homme Ingebretsen to reset 3ds Max floating windows to upper left corner when they are gone or out of screen.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Camera clipping tip

When camera clipping planes won't render using mentalray renderer, just follow this quick tip at MaxStation blog.

Axis Poly Extrude

Axis Poly Extrude is a new script by Kostadin Kotev that fill an old forum request.